Peer Review

Peer Review: Strategic Development Across Schools

Over the past few years, although the benefits are known, networking and sharing good practice amongst local and wider networks has been lower in priority.  With the aim of re-growing opportunities for this beneficial approach, VNET are facilitating  Peer Review cohorts.

We aim to reinforce Peer Review as a strategy for organisational and systemic improvement, complementing other approaches schools may use.


  • Intellectual capital – sharing knowledge about teaching, learning, leadership, governance and school improvement

  • Social capital – developing collaborative relationships between schools, opportunities for more voices to be heard

  • Greater professional trust as the foundation for mutual learning and critical support

  • Importantly, schools taking back control of their self-evaluation and having their performance validated and affirmed by fellow leaders.

Headteachers will attend a half-day session to set out protocols and consider an effective review framework and activities. The VNET methodology of using an agreed framework supports cohorts in having a robust approach to their work which can then be shared as a credible external viewpoint.

Following the session, the schools will work in triads or tetrads to review personal development in each other’s schools with a feedback session to the whole group on completion.

Schools wanting to take part need to be:

  • Practised in self-evaluation and have well-developed self-evaluation frameworks and processes

  • Prepared to share appropriate school documentation to support the process

  • Committed to supporting each of the schools in their triad.

Potential themes for review:

  • Personal Development

  • Behaviour and Attitudes

  • SEND

  • Foundation Subjects

Further themes can be discussed at MAT / schools’ request.

For more established review groups, further training can be provided to look at activities that will support a review of Quality of Education.


MATS will need to consider whether they would like an outward facing review linking with schools and academies outside their group, or whether they would prefer to keep their initial work in-house.

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Programme for training half day:

  1. Protocols including safeguarding and confidentiality
  2. Framework for Peer Review
    • Questioning
    • Activities: Looking for sources of evidence
    • Speaking to leaders & middle leaders
    • Looking for impact
    • Learning from each other
  3. Personal Development
  4. Confirmation of Triads and Date Setting


This approach provides clear models for learning, based upon a secure evidence base. In 24/25 join the Norfolk WalkThrus cohort to provide a network to integrate this pedagogical approach to improving teaching and learning across our schools. CPD, networks and instructional coaching all included in membership!